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Netflix updates its Android app

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Netflix updates its Android app
The new Netflix UI

The new Netflix UI

Over the weekend, Netflix updated its Android app to match the UI on its iOS app and the one offered for Android tablets. Netflix, which has been in for some major criticism because of what was considered a weak lineup of movies and television shows, is now being creamed in the Google Play Store for making the change. That seems odd because the new look does allow you to start viewing your selections faster. The new format breaks down movies and television shows by genre (comedy, horror, crime) and at the same time, offers those watching an episodic television series  the chance to watch the next episode with one click from the home page. That is found at the top of the home screen where you can also continue watching a film or show from the exact point where you stopped viewing.

For those who have been upset with the mobile lineup at Netflix, it looks like some new additions have been made to go along with the new UI.  Another significant improvement allows you to double tap on a title to start it up immediately. If you enjoy seeing what films and shows are being  recommended for you, it would appear that Netflix has made some changes to improve that area as well. The new Netflix UI is available from the Google Play Store for those using Android 2.2 or higher.

source: Netflix, YouTube

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:33

1. Aeires (unregistered)

Looks awesome.

My first thought when I started the video was, "is this real?" Thanks, Conan.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:12 1

2. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Nope. Last update was September, 6th. No Netflix updates yet.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:51 1

3. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

Same here, no update. Am I crazy, I've been using this UI for a while.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:00

4. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

its definitely updated and i'm running GB on a Droid X. hmm, its a little slow with icon loading and definitely not as pretty as the PS3 interface.What I want is for Netflix to add the ability to change my damn DVD cue from the bloody app. Why must I go to a browser when the app should be able to do that with little to no problem?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:36

5. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Google Play shows last update was 3 weeks ago. Don't know which update you guys are talking about....

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:49

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

This might be a server side update because my phone says Sept 6th 2012 last update, yet I am running the new UI, which isn't all the pretty. Looks just like what's in the article. The new UI starts off by showing you the new features, like how it happens when you have a new Android phone. Might be some sort of activation by carrier thing, I'm on VZW NYC so I have no idea why other people don't have it yet. In the what's new section it says WiFi only playback and Playback stability improvements.

This new UI might not be all that good for phones running less that 1GB of RAM, On my Droid X it's slow to load icons and cycling through shows is slow as well. I'll see what happens when it loads more in cache, initial impression it's blah looking and blah performance. The PS3 app is by far the best Netflix app version, it's smooth as butter and preloads the next closest video/show in the line up when credits start to roll, class app. Everyone else gets this garbage.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 14:39

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

this is still trash. the Hulu app has a much, much better UI.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 18:58

8. SavingGrace (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

This new updated app is awful.Sept 29,2012
I am on wifi and watch netflix every night using my android phone. I am having issue after issue with the new app that I have never had before using the older version of this app. Here's my list of problems this new upgrade has created:
1-Title images load extremely slow-so slow I once fell asleep before they could load.
2-Scrolling to the right, extremely slow and sometimes unresponsive, if the title images show up at all.
3-No "recently watched" feature. So if you watched something yesterday and didn't put it in your que, good luck finding it again if you can't remember the EXACT title.
4-Search bar slow to load.
5-Search feature freezes, finally when curser shows up, keyboard will still not load.
6-No help feature anywhere!
7-Must enter Netflix through an internet window to do pretty much anything else.
8-Clicking to continue viewing most of the time unresponsive.
I didn't ask for the upgrade, it was automatic when my phone rebooted, I would have loved this app, if it actually worked. I have reloaded the app, taken the battery out of my phone etc, still same issue and a big waste of time...mine!

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